The exhibition ‘Space invaders: australian . street . stencils . posters . zines . stickers‘ at The National Gallery of Australia is the first Australian institution to have collected this type of work. It surveys the past 10 years of Australian street art, featuring 150 works by over 40 Australian artists. This exhibition celebrates the energy of street-based creativity and recognises street stencils, posters, paste-ups, zines and stickers as comprising a recent chapter in the development of Australian prints and drawings.
Jumbo and Zap
‘X-ray man-machine pointing a ray-gun at the amphibians’ 2010
Space invaders also explores a paradox that has emerged in Australian street art in which an early flirtation with new technology has given way to a sentimentality for the traditional and the handmade. Artists such as Anthony Lister, Al Stark, Nails, Twoone, Ghostpatrol and Miso have led the way in the recent embrace of labour-intensive and traditional modes of art making, including detailed papercut pieces, ink drawings, etchings, linocuts and collage installations. Australian street artists are crossing from the streets to the gallery with new and inventive expressions of street-inspired creativity.
Space invaders opens October 30, 2010 and runs through February 27, 2011.